PETALING JAYA, 7 Oct 2018 : The yearning to raise more fund for a disabled home has spurred on Jamaliah Jamaludin to literally run the extra mile. The State Assemblywoman of Bandar Utama signed up for a 3km run earlier but on the day of the event Run for a Chance yesterday (6 Oct), took on a 10km challenge as it would raise RM70 more for the Lovely Disabled Home which organised the annual event at CITTA Mall, the venue host, in Ara Damansara.
“I am not quite a runner but I wanted to show my support for a good cause helping the less fortunate,” she said after the run. Her remarks were delivered in Mandarin to loud applause from the 1,600 runners. Jamaliah was the guest of honour who flagged off the run and shared why she opted for the longer and more tiring route. She returned with a slower time but was glad she completed the 10km route although it was tough for her and urged all to join hands with her to help the less fortunate.
The run’s organising chairman Sherman Ngau thanked CITTA Mall for providing free use of the mall as the savings from the rental would go to assist the home to help more disabled in society. He said the home would certainly accept CITTA Mall’s offer to use the mall when organising the charity run next year. This run, held In conjunction with The International Cerebral Palsy Day, raised RM138,000
for the Home. Jamaliah was joined by Member of Parliament for Damansara Tony Pua, who ran the 3km route, and Run Ambassador Mei Sim, a singer / TV host.
Blogger Azwan Bunjing, who ran the 10km route, said; “It’s good to see everyone coming together for a good cause. I’m proud to say that even my wife managed to run 3km. “Running in the 3km category was a good start for beginners like me. Hopefully, I could take up the longer distance in future and participate in charity runs like this,” said Azwan’s wife Norhayati Aziz. Country Head of Malaysia June Lim of ARA Asset Management Ltd, which owns and manages CITTA Mall, Klang Parade, 1Mont Kiara and Ipoh Parade said ARA is always supportive of the less fortunate and has agreed to be the venue host of many charitable events at all its four malls. “We’ve seen the work Lovely Disabled Home is doing for its members, and we’re proud to be the venue sponsor. “CITTA Mall has always been a mall for all communities, and we will continue to support worthy organisations such as Lovely Disabled Home in extending their outreach,” she said.
The Lovely Disabled Home located in SS2 PJ is a non-profit organisation that assists the disabled to find alternative employment. The home makes socks for sale and also provides cutlery and baby blanket packing services that enable its members to be gainfully employed.